Mary Jo Foley breaks the story:
Microsoft quietly released to manufacturing on Monday its Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 code. Company officials also quietly put to rest speculation that Microsoft itself is planning to sell a hosted version of its customer-relationship-management product.
Just a week ago, Microsoft delivered a new public beta release of its Microsoft CRM 3.0 product. At that time, officials said their plan was to finalize the product before the end of this year and make it widely available in the first quarter of 2006.
But they now feel the code is good enough to go for launch in early December according to Brad Wilson, Microsoft’s general manager of CRM who is quoted in the article.
In addition to clarifying Microsoft’s ship schedule, Wilson also made clear Microsoft’s plans around releasing a hosted version of its CRM 3.0 product.
“We are not going to offer a hosted solution ourselves,” Wilson said. “We don’t need to play somebody else’s game.”
Microsoft will provide a hosting infrastructure and “encourage our partners to make the product available on a hosted basis, where appropriate,” Wilson explained.
I guess that puts paid to the speculation about hosted business applications from the Dynamics family. At least for now. More details about CRM 3.0 and hosting enablement by following the link.